Information For Current Students

Welcome to your postgraduate studies at Manchester.

This page aims to answer common queries for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) on the following programmes:
  • CRUK Manchester Centre Non-Clinical PGRs
  • CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Research Training Fellows
  • CRUK Manchester Centre MB-PhD PGRs
  • CRUK RadNet Manchester Non-Clinical PGRs and Research Radiographers
  • ACED Non-Clinical PGRs and Clinical Research Training Fellows
These appointments are administrated annually via the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre Training Office.
Suggestions for new content can be directed to MCRCTraining@manchester.ac.uk.

I am registered with the Doctoral Academy – how do I access further programme-related information?

 

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s Doctoral Academy handbook is online. This has sections with answers to frequently asked questions, including changes to programmes, finance/funding and training. The Doctoral Academy website has links to all essential information/contacts/forms.

Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) should follow the processes outlined by the Doctoral Academy and/or UoM HR Services with regards to any changes to their programme and ensure that the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office are also notified.

 

 

I am registered with the Doctoral Academy and as a staff member with UoM HR Services – how do I access further information on staff policies?

 

Clinical Research Training Fellows (CRTFs) and Research Radiographers are usually registered as staff members with the University of Manchester’s HR Services but their PhD is considered to be their full-time job. They will also register with the University’s Doctoral Academy. CRTFs/Research Radiographers with a lead supervisor/line manager in the School of Medical Sciences/Division of Cancer Sciences should receive a staff induction handbook. Additional copies can be requested from the SMS Professional Services Team at SMS-PS-Team1@manchester.ac.uk. 

Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) should notify the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office of changes to their programme, such as parental or compassionate leave, as well as following the processes outlined by the Doctoral Academy and/or UoM HR Services.

 

 

 

I am a Cancer Research UK (CRUK)-funded postgraduate researcher – how do I access relevant CRUK policies and keep in touch with my funder?

 

All CRUK-funded PhD researchers should have access to the CRUK PhD Students Network containing studentship/Fellowship policies and relevant news/updates. You can apply for access online and/or can email the CRUK Students inbox with any queries: students@cancer.org.uk.

 

 

I am registered as a University of Manchester PhD student – how do I track my milestones and progress?

 

The University uses an online eProg system enabling postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to structure their PGR programme into milestones and track progress. The eProg system is used by supervisors and PGRs. Log into eProg here.

 

 

Am I entitled to annual leave?

 

All postgraduate researchers are entitled to annual leave. Those registered with the Doctoral Academy only should access their leave entitlement in the online Doctoral Academy handbook. Those registered with the Doctoral Academy and UoM HR Services should access their leave entitlement in their staff induction handbooks. For any queries please contact the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office.

 

 

How do I acknowledge my funding?

 

The Manchester Cancer Research Centre and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Manchester Centre facilitate the annual recruitment of postgraduate researchers to CRUK-funded PhD programmes. Cancer Research UK-funded PGRs must appropriately acknowledge their funding using the wording below. Slides templates and logos are also available by contacting the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office.

 

CRUK Manchester Centre Non-Clinical Students (Programme Start Date Prior to 2022)

This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Non-Clinical Training Programme.

or

[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] Non-Clinical Training Programme.

 

CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Research Training Fellows (Programme Start Date Prior to September-October 2019)

This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Training Award.

or

[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] Clinical Training Award.

 

CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Research Training Fellows and MB-PhD Researchers (Programme Start Date From September-October 2019 Onwards)

This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Academic Training Award [C19941/A28707].

or

[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Academic Training Award [C19941/A28707].

 

CRUK RadNet Manchester Non-Clinical PGRs and Research Radiographers

This work was supported by Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester [C1994/A28701].

Contact Dr Rebecca Elliot for the official CRUK RadNet Manchester slide deck. 

 

 

Who am I represented by at postgraduate researcher level?

 

PGR student reps provide a voice for fellow PGRs in their Division or cohort by ensuring their concerns are raised during UoM decision-making processes.

The Doctoral Academy’s PGR rep scheme is a valued part of the PGR community in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Reps’ responsibilities include:

  • attending School rep forums to feed back PGRs’ concerns and discuss issues and areas of good practice;
  • disseminating useful information to students;
  • liaising with fellow reps, PGRs and the local divisional Senior PGR Tutor to arrange activities, such as seminars, socials or induction events (optional);
  • School reps will attend the Doctoral Academy Leadership Team monthly meetings, the School Postrgaduate Comittee meetings and the Manchester Doctoral College monthly meetings, on a rota basis.

See contact details of current reps (PDF, 260KB) – UoM login required.

PGR Rep Training is held annually in November. For more information about the role or about the training, please contact doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk

If you have been particularly impressed by the actions of your local PGR Rep, there is a PGR Representative category in the PGR Excellence Awards.

 

 

How do I ensure my achievements are highlighted across the MCRC, CRUK Manchester Centre and their partners?

 

The MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre produce a bi-annual Training & Education Newsletter and welcome new contributions from postgraduate researchers and postdocs. These can be sent to MCRCTraining@manchester.ac.uk. Previous issues can be accessed here.

 

 

How do I keep up-to-date with Manchester cancer research?

 

The Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) produce a regular news bulletin contains details of cancer research events, funding and training opportunities relevant to CRUK-funded PGRs. You can subscribe by scrolling to the bottom of the MCRC homepage.

 

 

What support can I access for conferences and societies beyond the funding included with my project consumables?

 

The Doctoral Academy Conference Support Fund is available for Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health postgraduate research students to present (oral or poster presentation) at a national or international conference. Funding is provisional until evidence is provided of acceptance of an oral or poster presentation at the stated conference. Payment of expenses is dependent on completion of the Doctoral Academy Conference Support Fund Evaluation Form (Word, 53KB). Individual awards will be made up to a maximum of £500.

The Doctoral Academy Society Support Fund is available to all students who are active on a postgraduate research programme (i.e. not during submission pending or under examination) in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. It will pay £50 towards one annual membership fee during the period of the programme only. Postgraduate researchers will need to complete a PR7 form and email this to docoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk with a copy of the confirmation of booking/receipt from the relevant society. They may wish to check eligibility before joining the society.

Relevant societies and member organisations include but are not limited to:

Please also see Cancer Index’s list of national and international cancer organisations.

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